Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, November 3, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 38: Exporting abortion
Many countries in the West export great products around the world. But we also export abortion.
One example of this is the British-based abortion business, Marie
Stopes, going into Mexico. The people of Mexico have responded with
great faith and looked to the United States for ways to oppose the
spreading of abortion in their nation.
As a result, Mexico is one of the fastest-growing countries for 40 Days for Life.
Vigils are under way in 22 locations in Mexico right now – and Katharine
O'Brien, our director of Hispanic and youth outreach, was able to visit
many of them during this campaign.
Here's a quick look at some of Katharine’s stops.
Mexico's first 40 Days for Life campaign took place in the Roma section of Mexico City.
"They have so many great stories," Katharine said, "as they continue to
change and develop. Their volunteers are very dedicated. During the 40
Days for Life campaigns, they notice a decrease in the number of
The owners of the small restaurant next to the Marie Stopes abortion
center are big supporters of the campaign, and serve many of the
volunteers at the vigil.
"One participant has an amazing voice and when she prays," Katharine
said, "Marie Stopes shuts the window. However, we think they can still
hear the prayers."
Pedregal's 40 Days for Life vigil is next to a Marie Stopes center that’s on a busy, noisy road.
"They have a small team," Katharine said, "but they were deeply dedicated."
After one couple chose life for their child, Marie Stops started putting
up a metal fence on the sidewalk in an effort to keep the vigil
participants away from their clients.
"We saw several women leave looking very upset," Katharine said. "Most
likely, they had just had abortions. One girl was probably 18 years
Tere in Iztapalapa is an experienced leader who has a great group of supporters and prayers volunteers.
This campaign is outside another Marie Stopes facility, where the
business also sets up a metal barrier every day to keep the 40 Days for
Life participants away from the door.
"They have had a few saves," Katharine said. "However many women decide
to get abortions, so it can sometimes be discouraging for them. But they
pray all day long. Despite the challenges, the volunteers are lively
and love the campaign."
At the 40 Days for Life vigil in Xola, Norma and Marcos are extremely
dedicated to the campaign. They spend many hours each day on the
sidewalk outside of Mexfam.
Mexfam is surrounded by food vendors along the street. Norma and Marcos
made sure to tell each vendor about 40 Days for Life and what they are
About 70 people attend on a regular basis to participate on the sidewalk.
Norma and Marcos told Katharine, "Just like a fish needs water, we need
the campaign. This is what sustains us. We love 40 Days for Life! The
community has said yes to life and has adopted us. They bring us
sweaters and food. This is God's providence at its greatest."
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have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor, and hate your
enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you.
— Matthew 5: 43-44
Heavenly Father, may we reflect your character of grace and kindness to
those who hate us and curse us. Guard our hearts and our tongues as we
respond in love to words and actions meant to rile us or cause us harm.
Let others see the Hope that is Christ in all we say and do.